The municipality of Gavà is hosting one of the largest urban development operations in Catalonia through what is known as the Ponent plan. The project is already underway and will involve the construction of 4,800 new public-private homes. In total, the project will require a combined investment of more than one billion euros over a 15-year implementation period, carried out with both public and private financing. The Ponent plan envisages the development of almost 2,000 public housing units – 40% of the total – and other builds, such as a new health centre, a Renfe railway station and a station for the future Delta Metro.
However, the operation is also surrounded by controversy, as several environmental groups have announced that they would file lawsuits to stop it. The mayor of Gavá, Raquel Sánchez, has stressed that 85% of the land in the project is non-residential, including five large parks totalling 113 hectares, representing 61% of the 176 hectares of the sector.
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